2013 NBA Draft: Portland Trail Blazers Should Trade Their Draft Pick

By John Raffel
Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

The Portland Trail Blazers should trade the No. 10 pick in the NBA draft for a proven veteran player.


Because the Blazers have enough young players on the roster and don’t really need to bring in another one at this point. Had they done better in the lottery for a top three pick, then maybe it would have made sense. By picking 10th, the Blazers have no guarantee of getting a proven rookie who’s going to help the team much.

Late in the season, the Blazers were playing a lot of rookies and starting as many as four. Damian Lillard, the NBA’s Rookie of the Year, was leading the way. They do have some good young talent. The lack of veteran talent probably hurt the Blazers late in the season more than anything else. Take away Lamarcus Aldridge, and that would mean no player for the Blazers, who sees a lot of action, has more than five years of experience.

That’s why coach Terry Stotts and the Blazers’ brass need to look for a solid veteran player who can fit into their lineup and throw the No. 10 pick in someone’s face. It should obviously be a part of a package deal, perhaps swapping draft pics and getting the veteran player.

It should also be a player who can be in Portland’s top seven and see plenty of action. The No. 10 pick is worth something, but probably more so for another team and not the Blazers. Stotts can have a better team next season if Portland picks up a solid veteran player.

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